I found what really brings the world forward: perseverance resp. aggregation. This can be aggregation of knowledge, of tools etc.. Everything large or powerful is something aggregated that has been developed in many years. The whole technological culture of humanity is actually something that was aggregated over thousands of years.

Aggregation is actually much more important then ingenuity; or even, ingenuity is in many cases the result of unhindered intellectual aggregation, in the sense of being something acquired by people who have the desire and possibilities to always learn something new in a certain area.

So for a society it is much more important to create infrastructure etc. taht fosters unhindered aggregation (which includes collaboration, synergy etc.), than to invest in supporting the “highly gifted” people. The same applies to personal life: there are only very few occasions where an ingenious idea or even a decision makes a big difference; the most part is work, and work is only fruitful if teh results can aggregate to something good for one personally.

A paid day job makes me feel like a bee: they take away what I have been working for, and give me a cheap surrogate. They take the honey and give me money …

I mean, really: the most rewarding thing of work is to experience the personal, immediate benefit effectuated by the work done. Such as simplifying a task with a self-made tool. Or feeling the personal success, reward and gratitude after having saved someones life. But if they give us money, that totally annulls this effect, because money is an indirection step. Even worse, earned money does not keep its identity, but aggregates with previously earned money to a lump that we then expend without knowing what kind of work is in it …

The most obvious drawback of this alienation by being paid money is ones motivation to work, and ones motivation to reach good results. Paid work is often even work for people I do not know (such as the users of the products I might develop or produce), which means I cannot derive motivation from my later personal gain from the product, and hence will not have the motivation to get the product as good as possible. Instead, I might just have the motivation to get as much money as possible, while minimizing my effort for the product. This is a de-coupling effect between the real thing and its representation in money; such a de-coupling step is possible wherever an indirection is introduced.

Worst, this indirection step was institutionalized: it’s called capitalism.

On persons as systems

What’s really interesting, and I am not aware of anybody who has researched into it, is how do people work as personalities from a systems perspective? Every person can be seen as a psychodynamic system; to maintain proper operation, motivation, enjoyment, relaxation etc. are needed and have to come from some source. Now it will be interesting to see the very different ways how people provide these, and become a working (or non-working) system, within their own environment. This is especialy helpful to understand cultural differences.

And in the same way, open source projects are sociodynamic / psychodynamic systems. And even societies are. Failure arises if these systems cannot maintain their own integrity and stop working properly: open source projects die, societies falter.

So there should be a discipline “social engineering” and “personality engineering” that helps structure people and groups so that they can be working systems. It seems that nobody attempted that yet (on society level, they just focus on money … what a poor abstraction).

On personal disintegration

While we are at this topic, there is another aspect: avoiding personal disintegration. One should take care to keep up ones personality as a system, to keep it from falling apart, that is, disintegration. Because, disintegrated persons are no longer able to live on their own; they are also unable to learn living on their own again; instead, they need “professional help”. A disintegrated person is what is commonly understood as a “broken personality”. Someone who stopped working as a self-supporting system.

There are many “disintegrating forces” in life. Stress, the lack of relaxation times, the expectations of others, substance dependence, other dependences, unhealthy nutrition, lack of fitness, … . The result of disintegration is normally no physical issue, at least not alone. Physical issues like lack of fitness, bad nutrition etc. can contribute, but more important are the mind issues to which these physical issues contribute: lack of motivation, depression, inability to enjoy, lack of visionary goals, feeling a lack of meaning in life etc..

On free will

People still discuss if people have a free will or not. Here is a new approach: the free will might be nothing that has a biological foundation (biology might even hinder it), but free will might be nonetheless present, “purely in software”, that is, in learned brain function. In that respect, the concept of “personhood” might be correct simply because others expect people to behave as persons, and they learn to fulfill these expectations (they learn to behave as persons: being responsible, having a conscience, having a free will). That way, personhood would be a social construct. (Just as free will, so also responsibility, so also moral debt, which are entailed in the concept of personhood.)

It is shocking to see that adults are damned to stay as they are. Only children are supported to learn something new, but once they threw you into the world of the adults to go out and earn your own money, all support is gone. It seems they just intended to educate you as far as you need to earn tax payers’ money for paying taxes and buying commercial crap. But they do not support you to become a mature personality.

Of course there is self-education, but that is limited to technical things (electronics, computing, …) and does not help to overcome social problems (because of fear to learn what one wants to learn).

And of course, there is experience, but that does not help you to learn social things either, as they only allow you to gather experience (on the job) in areas where you already have some qualifications so that they can hire you. Also people will fear to accept a job that they fear to fail in (as it is about something they need, and maybe want, to learn yet).

And also, there are adult education services, but that is expensive, totally inefficient, and people do not have the time for it. Instead, education must be integrated into daily life.

Might this be a solution: we need hackerspaces for education in technology, and intentional communities for education in social and self governance skills, both with a semi-formal mentoring and evaluation program.

This world has only two big unsolved problems. First, the truth about God is not apparent (so people cannot believe the right thing easily). Second, people are bad (so people cannot live in freedom and peace and sustainable manner).

It’s an important insight that these are disconnected problems: even if Christianity is the right religion, and is applied large scale to the whole earth, people are still bad on average, and the world will not become a free and peaceful and sustainable place. Because, there is much power abuse and exploitation of both people and nature in “Christian” nations, and also by Christians.

So we need two solutions. I propose Second Acts for the first problem, and EarthOS for the second.